At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ” Albert Schweitzer

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Ontario continues to rise and it looks like Christmas will be spent close to home. We can do something in Westport that will make a big difference in the lives of our residents, business owners and visitors. From Dec 12 – Jan 2, let’s encourage everyone to light up the streets by adding Christmas lights to their homes and businesses. We can give the Gift of Light this Christmas to our neighbours.

In early November, the Village put out a call for “street captains” to encourage their neighbours, who didn’t put up lights last year, to add something bright this year. The captains now have all of the streets covered with the exception of Concession St. If you want to decorate and would appreciate some support, your Captain may soon be knocking on your door. You can reach out to me and I will let you know who your street captain is.

Councillor Jacky Brady and her Tourism Team are encouraging the businesses downtown to decorate their windows with lights as well. There is a supply of lights, spots and other decorations at Town Hall. We have received some private donations to cover these costs and last Friday, President Jim Scala presented a $250 cheque from the Westport Lions Club towards the Gift of Light. Les, Bev and the gang at Home Hardware were very generous and helped stretch our dollars. Thank you everyone for your support.

Be the Spark! Give the Gift of Light this Christmas.